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  • Permit Activity.
    • PA – 50 permits; Shell has 11 permits in four Counties; XTO continues increased activity; more NW counties getting permits
    • OH –20 permits; Guernsey and Harrison again the most active; REX obtains 6 permits; Statoil gets its first permit in OH.

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Seminar schedule:

  • April 24 at the Football Hall Fame in Canton, OH
  • May 1 at Shadowbrook Resort in Tunkhannock, PA

At the workshop, you will learn:

  • What OSHA looks for when conducting a flash fire safety inspection
  • What you need to protect your employees
  • How to build a Managed FRC Program
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Expo/Industry events for the next few months:

Wyoming CCC 2014 Business, Gas and Job Expo April 30
Ohio Valley Oil and Gas Expo April 30-May 1
Jobs Energy Rally May 6
Shal-Abration May 10
PIOGA 2014 Eastern Oil and Gas Trade Show and Conference May 13-14
DUG East Conference and Exhibition June 3-5
Midstream Ohio 2014 June 11
Northern Tier Marcellus Shale Expo June 18

Learn more about these expos.

Latest facts and a rumor from the Marcellus and Utica Shale


  • Shell Chemical Appalachia meeting its possible neighbors.  The Shell team working on the cracker plant will be having outreach meetings with its neighbors.  Here are the details if you want to attend:
    • Date:  April 16th
    • Location:  The Club at Shadow Lakes,  2000 Beaver Lakes Blvd., Aliquippa, PA
    • Afternoon session:  11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
    • Evening session:      4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.
  • Shell in the Utica.  Shell has drilled a well in the Utica in Tioga County, PA. (RUMOR)
  • Blue Racer securing more commitments.  Midstream infrastructure continues to develop in the wet-natural-gas window of the Utica Shale, which has seen the bulk of the activity of Ohio’s drilling boom.

    Blue Racer Midstream, a joint venture of Caiman Energy II and Dominion East Ohio Gas, has announced long-term agreements with prominent producers to gather and process natural gas with its growing network of pipelines and processing facilities.

    The new commitments came from companies that are devoting significant assets to extracting liquid-rich gas from the Utica’s sweet spot, which includes parts of Carroll, Harrison, Guernsey, Belmont, Noble and Monroe counties in the southeastern part of the state.

    One of the producers to sign with Blue Racer, Eclipse Resources, is planning an “aggressive drilling program” on more than 95,000 acres there, which includes doubling its rigs by the end of the year, the company said in the statement.
  • EV Energy plans to drill 190 Utica wells this year.  EV Energy Partners plans to drill 190 Utica Shale wells this year in its joint venture with Chesapeake Energy and Total.

    The joint venture has already drilled 370 wells, and the new wells will be in the Utica’s wet-gas region, said President and CEO Mark A. Houser during the webcast of a presentation to the Investor Conference.

    The partnership has 158,000 Utica Shale acres in Ohio and 15,000 in Pennsylvania. Twenty-eight percent of its total acreage is in the wet-gas window, and 47 percent is in the oil window.
  • $640 Billion in Midstream Spending.  I participated with Matt Henderson from Penn State’s Marcellus Center for Outreach and Research in a seminar this past week.  Matt stated from a report entitled, “North American Midstream Infrastructure through 2035” that $640 billion will be spent on midstream infrastructure over the next 20 years.

Here are some key highlights of the report.

Natural gas infrastructure:

§ Approximately 43 Bcfd in new gas transmission capability

§ About 850 miles per year in new gas transmission mainline

§ Over 800 miles per year in new laterals to/from power plants, processing facilities, and storage fields

§ Almost 14,000 miles per year in new gas gathering lines

§ Approximately 35 Bcfd of new gas processing capability

§ About 37 Bcf per year in new working gas storage capacity

§ More than 580,000 horsepower per year for pipeline and gathering compression

§ About 9 Bcfd of new LNG export capacity

NGL infrastructure:

§ About 3.6 MMBPD in new NGL transmission capacity

§ Almost 700 miles per year in new NGL transmission line

§ About 30,000 horsepower per year for pumping requirement for pipeline

§ Approximately 151 MBOE/d in new NGL fractionation capacity is added each year

§ Almost 64 MBOE/d in new NGL export capacity is added each year.

Oil infrastructure:

§ More than 10 MMBPD in new oil transmission capacity

§ Over 730 miles per year in new oil transmission line

§ About 35 miles per year in new laterals for crude oil storage

§ Approximately 7,800 miles per year in new oil gathering lines

§ Over 6 MMBbl per year in new crude oil storage capacity

Expenditures for the incremental infrastructure projected here are significant:

§ More than $640 billion or about $30 billion per year, in total capital expenditures are required over the next 22 years for the combined natural gas and liquids outlook.

§ $10 billion per year, or 34 percent of this amount, is required for new oil and gas lease equipment.

§ Almost $9 billion, or 29 percent, is for new or expanded gas and liquids mainline capacity.

§ More than $3 billion per year, or 11 percent, is needed for new oil and gas gathering lines.

 More than $2 billion per year, or 8 percent, is required for new laterals.

§ Roughly $2.0 billion per year, or 7 percent, is required for new LNG export facilities.

§ More than $1 billion per year, or 4 percent, is required for new processing plants.

§ Roughly $1.0 billion per year, or 3 percent, is required for new NGL fractionation plants.

§ The remainder, almost $1 billion per year, is for underground gas storage, crude oil storage, and NGL export facilities.

If you want to keep abreast of midstream activities in OH, register for the Midstream Ohio 2014.  Five major midstream companies operating in OH will provide an update of their activities in the Buckeye state.

  • XTO activity in Armstrong/Butler Counties, PA.  XTO Energy is continuing its extensive gas well drilling plans in South Buffalo, the latest on a swath of property north of Route 28.

    Township supervisors on Monday approved XTO’s plans to construct a well pad and drill up to eight horizontal Marcellus shale wells on the Lindsay Farm property off Iron Bridge Road.

    Last week, XTO went before the planning commission to present plans to drill up to eight wells on the Frantz property off Furnace Run Road.

    And the company said it has plans to drill wells on property on Horseshoe Drive north of the expressway, a company representative said.
  • Pipeline to North Carolina. Duke Energy Corp. and Piedmont Natural Gas Company Inc. said Tuesday they want to invest in a new natural gas pipeline into North Carolina that can deliver more of the cheap fuel to customers and especially to new power plants run by the country’s largest electricity company.

    The two Charlotte-based companies said they are shopping for proposals to build a pipeline that could start delivering fuel to Duke’s electric power plants and other businesses beginning in late 2018. The companies expect to select a proposal by late this year.
  • Chevron drilling in Venango County, PA.  Chevron has drilled two wells in Venango County just received permits for two more wells in Venango County. (RUMOR)

    This is very interesting because the DEP permit report does not show that Chevron has received permits in Venango County.  Chevron’s permitting activity has been focused on SW PA.

Rig Count

  • Baker Hughes Rigs count for the March 28 reporting week. 
    • PA Marcellus 50 rigs – down
    • PA Utica 1 rigs – unchanged
    • Ohio Utica 38 – down 1 
    • WV Marcellus 26 – up 3

PA Permits for March 27, to April 3, 2014

       County              Township                E&P Company

1.    Allegheny           Findlay                     Consol
2.    Beaver               New Sewickley         PennEnergy
3.    Bradford            Herrick                     Southwestern
4.    Bradford            Sheshequin             Chesapeake
5.    Bradford            Towanda                  Chesapeake
6.    Bradford            Troy                         Chesapeake
7.    Bradford            Wilmont                   Chesapeake
8.    Bradford            Wilmont                   Chesapeake
9.    Bradford            Wilmont                   Chesapeake
10.   Bradford           Wyalusing                Chesapeake
11.   Bradford           Wyalusing                Chesapeake
12.   Butler               Clearfield                  XTO
13.   Butler               Clearfield                  XTO
14.   Butler               Clearfield                  XTO
15.   Butler               Clearfield                  XTO
16.   Butler               Clearfield                  XTO
17.   Butler               Clearfield                  XTO
18.   Elk                    Fox                           EQT
19.   Lycoming          Gamble                     Exco Resources
20.   Lycoming          McIntyre                   Shell
21.   Lycoming          McIntyre                   Shell
22.   Lycoming          McIntyre                   Shell
23.   Lycoming          McIntyre                    Shell
24.   Lycoming          McIntyre                    Shell
25.   Lycoming          McIntyre                    Shell
26.   Mercer              Perry                         Shell
27.   Mercer              Perry                         Shell
28.   Sullivan            Fox                            Chesapeake
29.   Susquehanna   Lenox                        WPX
30.   Susquehanna   Silver Lake                 WPX
31.   Susquehanna   Silver Lake                 WPX
32.   Susquehanna   Silver Lake                 WPX
33.   Tioga                Blossburg Boro           Seneca
34.   Tioga                Richmond                   Shell
35.   Tioga                Richmond                   Shell
36.   Tioga                Richmond                   Shell
37.   Tioga                Union                         Southwestern
38.   Warren             Mead                          Shell
39.   Washington      Amwell                       Rice
40.   Washington      Donegal                     Range
41.   Washington      East Finley                 CONSOL
42.   Washington      East Finley                 CONSOL
43.   Washington      East Finley                 CONSOL
44.   Washington      Morris                         CONSOL
45.   Washington      Morris                         CONSOL
46.   Washington      North Bethlehem        Rice
47.   Washington      North Bethlehem        Rice
48.   Wyoming          Meshoppen                Chesapeake
49.   Wyoming          Meshoppen                Chesapeake
50.   Wyoming          Meshoppen                Chesapeake

OH Permits – week ending March 29, 2014

       County                Township              E&P Companies

1.    Columbiana         Butler                    Chesapeake
2.    Guernsey             Millwood                Eclipse
3.    Guernsey             Millwood                Eclipse
4.    Guernsey             Millwood                Eclipse
5.    Guernsey             Millwood                Eclipse
6.    Guernsey             Millwood                REX
7.    Guernsey             Millwood                REX
8.    Guernsey             Millwood                REX
9.    Guernsey             Millwood                REX
10.    Guernsey           Millwood                REX
11.    Guernsey           Millwood                REX
12.    Harrison            German                 Chesapeake
13.    Harrison            North                    Chesapeake
14.    Harrison            Cadiz                    Hess
15.    Harrison            Cadiz                    Hess
16.    Harrison            Cadiz                    Hess
17.    Monroe             Ohio                      Statoil
18.    Noble                Marion                  Antero
19.    Noble                Marion                  Antero
20.    Noble                Beaver                 Antero
21.    Noble                Beaver                 Antero

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